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Tony Smith, 6 Jun 2011
Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E

Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E 16in laptop

Review Imagine my joy when asked to try out a 3D entertainment centre built into a Sony Vaio notebook. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I discover that the notebook in question is actually too big to fit in my notebook bag. Sony Vaio VPCF21Z1E Sony's Vaio VPCF21Z1E: don’t think of it as an overgrown notebook but as a very …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 May 2011
Be.ez Le Reporter Air 11

Be.ez Le Reporter Air 11 MacBook Air bag

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Tony Smith, 5 May 2011
Asus N73SV

Asus N73SV Core i7 Sandy Bridge 17.3in laptop

Review As a multi-media laptop the Asus NX90 is undoubtedly desirable but it's as big as a barge, weighs a ton and costs an arm and a leg. However, now you can get the same Bang & Olufsen sound system, full HD screen and the latest Sandy Bridge i7 processor in the altogether more practical N73. Asus N73SV Sound prospect: Asus' N73SV …
Alun Taylor, 18 Apr 2011
Dell Inspiron Duo

Dell Inspiron Duo

Review Devices that try to reconcile the essentially irreconcilable often come a cropper. As the Good Book says, “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Trying to combine the best of the netbook with the best of the tablet is what Dell’s new Inspiron Duo is all about, but does it work as …
Alun Taylor, 17 Mar 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Review The 13in MacBook Pro I reviewed last week is a machine for folk who fancy a carry-around computer but who want a bit more welly than the way more portable 13in MacBook Air can provide. The 15in version, on the other hand, is a desktop replacement for the power hungry. Sure, it's mobile. It has a decent battery life. But it's not …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2011
Apple MacBook Pro 13in

Apple MacBook Pro 13in

Review Love or loathe Apple, you can't deny it makes gorgeous-looking computers. Are there cheaper machines? Sure. Better spec'd? Maybe not, now that the new MacBook Pros are here, complete with Intel's very latest mobile processors and an interconnect tech no one else has yet. Apple MacBook Pro 13in Apple's MacBook Pro 13in: metal- …
Tony Smith, 9 Mar 2011
Toshiba NB500

Toshiba NB500 budget netbook

Review Few netbooks have been truly cheap - well, few of the decent ones, anyway - but now we're at the third generation of Intel's Atom processor family, an opportunity has arisen for netbook makers to offer less pricey models based on older chippery. Toshiba NB500 Toshiba's NB500: cheap but not awfully cheerful? Toshiba's netbook …
Tony Smith, 7 Mar 2011
Samsung N350

Samsung N350 dual-core netbook

Review The debate as to whether netbooks are evolving fast enough rages on. Some say manufacturers are guilty of laziness by continuing to churn out similar models, while others argue that there’s simply no need for netbooks to evolve like standard laptops and that more attention should be put into making them cheaper. Samsung N350 …
Will Stapley, 27 Jan 2011
Asus NX90

Asus NX90Jq 18.4in Core i7 laptop

Review I first encountered Bang & Olufsen in my teens. A friend’s father had a Beocenter music system, which we fledgling audiophiles were, of course, both in awe of and barred from touching. The sleek lines, matt black controls and aluminium panels of that and other early B&O systems instantly sprang to mind when glancing upon the …
Michael Burns, 13 Jan 2011
Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

Review Will someone please do something interesting with the netbook. Even Asus, the company that created this category of computer, doesn't appear to be able to do anything with it, if it's latest Eee PC, the 1015PEM, is anything to go by. Asus Eee PC 1015PEM Asus' Eee PC 1015PEM: latest netbook tech on board That's not to say the …
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
Apple MacBook Air 11.6in

Apple MacBook Air 11.6in sub-notebook

Review I took a look at the 11.6in MacBook Air for Reg Hardware almost a day after the new line-up of skinny Macs was announced. I've now had a chance to use one in earnest - and benchmark it - to see if my initial thoughts are born out by longer term usage. Apple MacBook Air 11.6in Apple's MacBook Air 11.6in: smaller and lighter than …
Tony Smith, 23 Nov 2010
Samsung SF310

Samsung SF310 13.3in notebook

Review Aimed at the fashion conscious, the Samsung SF310 adopts curves and chrome to attract trendies to this 13.3in notebook. Literally, built along similar lines to the NF210 netbook reviewed recently, if the look and feel isn’t quite enough to have you shopping around and spending about £750 on this Core i5 machine, Samsung is …
Bob Dormon, 18 Nov 2010
Toshiba Portege R700

Toshiba Portégé R700 13in notebook

Review Toshiba first introduced its then ultra-lightweight Portégé R500 in 2008 just before Apple unwrapped the MacBook Air. Toshiba Portege R700 Toshiba's Portégé R700: getting more chubby as the series ages The R500 didn't generate the same media frenzy that the skinny Mac laptop did, but in many ways it was the better machine. It …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2010
Samsung NF210

Samsung NF210 dual-core netbook

Review Netbooks, irrespective of manufacturer, are based on a very well-defined set of specifications. How, then, do those manufacturers seek to separate their offerings from the herd? If you're Samsung, you come up with a quirky, curvy case design. Samsung NF210 Samsung's NF210: matte display and latest Atom CPU on board I'm not …
Tony Smith, 9 Nov 2010
Apple Macbook Air 13in

Apple MacBook Air 13in late 2010

Review When Apple introduced the MacBook Air in January 2008, one of the biggest price hikes in its build to order options was the choice of a 64GB SSD. Those with slightly shallower pockets for this slimline ultraportable wouldn’t hesitate to opt for the 80GB hard drive version instead. Yet if you’re tempted to take the Air today, you …
Bob Dormon, 8 Nov 2010
Apple Macbook Pro 17in

Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook

Review Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro line earlier this year with Intel's Core i CPUs. While the glossy screens and unibody construction are now a familiar sight, Apple does offer several build-to-order tweaks that aren’t likely to appear on the shop floor. Ram and SSDs upgrades aside, MacBook Pro 15in and 17in users can opt for an …
Shaun Dormon, 4 Nov 2010
Toshiba AC100

Toshiba AC100 Android smartbook

Review Toshiba is a quarter-century-old notebook veteran, and of late has been known more for solid reliability than elegance or innovation. The AC100 comes as a surprise: a beautifully designed, ultra-lightweight netbook with a 10.1in screen you would be proud to be seen using. Toshiba AC100 Toshiba's AC100: smartbook And here is …
Chris Bidmead, 3 Nov 2010
Asus Eee PC 1215N

Asus Eee PC 1215N 12in netbook

Review Asus' Eee PC 1215N is an unusual netbook. It has a 12in, 1366 x 768 screen, not a 10in, 1024 x 600 display. It has an HDMI port. It has a dual-core processor, though one developed for desktops rather than laptops. It has USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. Asus Eee PC 1215N Asus's Eee PC 1215N: two cores, two GPUs Heck, it doesn't …
Tony Smith, 7 Oct 2010
Samsung Q430

Samsung Q430 14in notebook

Review There was a time when plastic sprayed sliver and moulded with a brushed metal-like texture was cool. The problem for Samsung, which has decked out the interior of the Q430 this way, is that such decor hasn't been hip for more than 30 years. In fact, all this laptop needs to bring back that ye olde home music centre look is a …
Tony Smith, 4 Oct 2010
Standivarius Arte

Standivarius Arte notebook stand

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Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
Acer Aspire 8942G

Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook

Review If you’re after a well-crafted machine, adorned with a range of features from a media controlling touch panel to the old favourites eSATA and ExpressCard/54, then Acer’s Aspire 5940G could well fit the bill. There’s even a fingerprint reader, a 4-pin FireWire 400 port and a whopping sub-woofer. Aspire 5940G Home entertainer: …
Shaun Dormon, 30 Sep 2010
Toshiba Satellite A660-15T

Toshiba Satellite A660 16in laptop

Review Fitting a widescreen display into a laptop is all well and good, but it poses a problem: what do you do with all the empty space around the keyboard, now that the machines are so much bigger from one side to the other? Toshiba Satellite A660-15T Toshiba's Satellite A660-15T: looks only a mother could love? The original …
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2010
Dell Inspiron M101z

Dell Inspiron M101z 11.6in notebook

Review It's common to take a shiny new notebook out of the box, judge it to be worthy and then find that some aspect - performance, price or feel - rubs off the polish. Rare are machines like the Dell Inspiron M101z that leave you happy with your initial verdict. Well, almost... Dell Inspiron M101z Dell's Inspiron M101z: compact …
Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2010
Standivarius Aero

Standivarius Aero fold-flat laptop stand

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Tony Smith, 23 Sep 2010
HP Pavilion dv6

HP Pavilion dv6

Review HP describes the Pavilion dv6-3085EA as an "entertainment notebook PC" which shows a shocking lack of imagination as this laptop has a list of interesting features that merit close examination. For starters, this particular version of the dv6 stands out in a world of Intel laptops as it uses an AMD CPU which is allied with an …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Dell Inspiron 15R

Dell Inspiron 15R

Review I'm used to seeing Dell laptops and PCs that are as dull as mud, so the rather attractive-looking Inspiron 15R sample came as a shock. The lid comes in a choice of red, pink, blue or black while the deck of the chassis surrounding the keyboard is chromed. Dell Inspiron 15R The power button and activity lights use subdued …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Toshiba Satellite Pro C650

Toshiba Satellite Pro C650

Review Toshiba has built its Satellite Pro C650 into a chassis that feels rather cheap and not especially cheerful. The deck around the keyboard has a curious textured finish that shows greasy fingerprint marks horribly. Toshiba Satellite Pro C650 Furthermore, the layout of the hardware appears to be guided by the price rather than …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Sony Vaio EB

Sony Vaio EB2

Review The Sony Vaio EB2 is available in a choice of brown, black or pink. Presumably Sony mistook your reviewer for a teenage girl as they sent me the pink version, which was a nasty shock. Sony Vaio EB More importantly I got a pre-production sample with a Pentium P6000 CPU which runs at 1.87GHz and does not support HyperThreading …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Review Lenovo offers its ThinkPad Edge in a massive number of permutations but they are all rather expensive and start north of £1000. My review sample was a relatively basic model that came without the 3G mobile broadband option and with the 4GB of memory installed in two modules, leaving no scope for an upgrade in that department. …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
Acer Aspire 5741

Acer Aspire 5741

Review The Aspire 5741 follows Acer's tried and true formula of extracting the maximum value from the core hardware without wasting money by adding extra features. The fact of the matter is that the Intel Core i3's combination of CPU and graphics isn't especially exciting but it does a very fair job of work and offers good value for …
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
HP Pavilion dv6

HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea 15.6in notebook

Review Those who want their notebook PCs to play music and video while managing a burgeoning digital image collection should cast an eye at the HP Pavilion dv6-3085ea. It's an attractively slim computer with a design outline that's generally reminiscent of Apple's MacBook Pro. The clamshell even stays closed thanks to Apple-style …
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3

Review With a chequered design on the lid, Lenovo’s S10-3 certainly stands out from the crowd. It has a few differences inside too, and this model - the M33DDUK - benefits from a built-in 3G module. Slip in a Sim card and the internet will follow you on your travels. The S10-3 isn’t picky as to which mobile operator you’re with, and it …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
HP Mini 210

HP Mini 210

Review With its curved chassis, HP’s Mini 210 has a slightly different look to most netbooks. Usability is good and the keyboard stretches right to the very edges. And with responsive, well-spaced keys, it has one of the best netbook keyboards I’ve ever typed on. The only anomaly is arrow key section – the up and down keys are shrunk …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
Asus Eee PC T101MT

Asus Eee PC T101MT

Review The Eee PC T101MT differs from the majority of netbooks in a number of ways, with the flip-and-twist touchscreen display being the most obvious. Asus Eee PC T101MT The screen is multi-touch - although only recognises two fingers at a time - and also of the resistive variety, so it requires a slightly firmer touch compared to …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
Toshiba NB250

Toshiba NB250

Review With a very plasticy shell and a rather odd rough texture both inside and out, the NB250 has a rather cheap feel to it. It’s one of the few netbooks to make use of Intel’s Atom N455. Although very similar to the N450 - 1.66GHz clock speed, single-core, 45nm etc. - the N455 supports DDR 3 memory. With this in mind, Toshiba has …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
Acer Aspire One D260

Acer Aspire One D260

Review Acer has churned out some impressive models in its Aspire One series, and the D260 is its latest creation. At 1.21kg, it’s one of the lightest 10.1in netbooks available, and throughout testing it remained impressively cool with no significant hotspots on the keyboard or wrist rest. Acer Aspire One D260 The keyboard is of the …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
Samsung N230

Samsung N230

Review With the majority of netbooks - and indeed laptops - sporting glossy displays, Samsung is sticking its neck out by giving the N230’s 10.1in panel a matte coating. While this minimises reflections from overhead lighting, windows and other light sources, it also means it’s not quite as vibrant as netbooks with a glossy screen …
Will Stapley, 1 Sep 2010
Samsung X125

Samsung X125 11.6in notebook

Review Computer manufacturers are well known for hyping up their products - "magical", indeed - but few actually fib. Samsung isn't telling porkies, but the sticker on its new X125 overstates with the best of them. Two claims in particular struck me: "Fast booting" and "ultra-thin design". Samsung X125 Samsung's X125: netbook plus …
Tony Smith, 30 Aug 2010
Samsung R780

Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

Review Samsung’s R780 has clearly been designed to get noticed. The glossy, deep-red chassis and slightly nauseating swirly line motif won’t appeal to those who like their laptops to be subtle, but it does make it stand out from the crowd. Personally speaking, I quite like it. That said, I also quite liked the design of Acer’s Ethos, …
Will Stapley, 26 Aug 2010
Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

Review Stylish and powerful, the new 18.4in Aspire Ethos 8943G will appeal to those looking for a desktop replacement that doesn’t hold back on performance. Each of the four cores on the Core i7-720QM purr along at 1.6GHz, while ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is on hand should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Throw in a Blu-ray …
Will Stapley, 29 Jul 2010
Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS

Packard Bell Butterfly XS 11.6in notebook

Review Where does the dividing line between netbooks and notebooks lie? Is an 11.6in screen small enough to dismiss any ideas of true notebook status? Conversely, does having a DVD rewriter lift a portable forever out of netbookdom? Packard Bell Easynote Butterfly XS Packard Bell's Easynote Butterfly XS: flighty? For those who want …
Simon Williams, 15 Jul 2010